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English as a Second Language Program Specialist Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate Program

Elizabeth Smolcic
257 Chambers Building
Telephone: 814-867-3199
Fax: 814-863-7602
E-Mail: eas260@psu.edu

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English as a Second Language Program Specialist (ESL)

The undergraduate ESL Program Specialist Certificate is designed to give teachers the essential knowledge and skills to effectively work with English learners, their families and communities in public school (K-12) contexts. Candidates are required to take five three-credit courses which correspond to the ESL Program Specialist K-12 Program Guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and include 60 hours of integrated field experience. The program will lead to demonstration of knowledge of the fundamental concepts and teaching practices of English as a Second Language instruction and services to the growing numbers of English learners in public schools.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

International candidates must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with a 23 on the oral section.

PRESCRIBED COURSES

APLNG 484 or APLNG 410
APLNG 493
WL ED 400
WL ED 444
WL ED 483

Effective Semester: Spring 2012

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